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Bringing Order to the Chaos: Storage Solutions

Bringing Order to the Chaos: Storage Solutions

Storage in the home is so important. But not all storage was created equal. What works in the dining room won’t work in the living room and what works in the bedroom won’t work in the kitchen. Plus there’s small spaces versus larger spaces and then kid’s bedrooms and their clutter. It’s a whole lot to think about. But don’t sweat it, because as usual we have some tips to get you started!

Living rooms tend to accumulate the most clutter. Between kids and animals and just general laziness, things tend to pile up. Don’t just get some flimsy TV stand, whose sole is to hold your TV up. Get a media credenza that can hold your DVDs, magazines and anything else that may litter the floor or coffee table. A bookcase is a must-have for the living room. Stop stacking those books in piles in the corner! Storage ottomans are a great way to disguise storage as something stylish to rest on. Put your extra blankets in there!

Bedrooms can be tricky to declutter because there’s just so much stuff you need on a daily basis and it’s just so much more convenient to keep it out and ready to go. But if you have well -placed storage pieces that won’t be a problem! Position a nightstand right next to your bed for all of your pre-sleep rituals like moisturizing your face, checking your Facebook, or reading a book. Getting ready in the morning can be easier if you just combined a mirror with your dresser. Easily pick your shoes, socks or tights, and any other accessories whilst looking in the mirror.

Arguably the kitchen/dining room has the most stuff. A lot of times it’s a fight to fit it all in the cabinets, stop fighting! Get yourself a sideboard or curio where all of your glassware and dishes can go. Add a little bar area with a server piece to keep the booze and alcohol-related dishware away from the cereal bowls. You’ve got to put all of those wine bottles somewhere! A sort of “filing” cabinet for the dining room can’t hurt. Things always accumulate in this room like magic. Make sure that all of your furniture pieces are sturdy and strong because they’ll be holding your precious breakables!

Spring Cleaning Your Outdoor Furniture

Spring Cleaning Your Outdoor Furniture

You’ve got your amazing outdoor furniture back out for the spring or you just purchased a set! We’re going to help you with some tips to keep your furniture looking as good as the day you bought it!

1. Plastic Furniture: Wipe clean with a clean cloth, emphasis on clean, dampened with a mixture of water and dishwashing detergent or liquid soap. Easily rinse by hosing them down. Squeaky clean!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Wicker Furniture: Use a soft scrub brush wet with water and a mild oil-based soap. Rinse it by hosing it down. For maintenance, try hosing it down every week or 2 to keep dirt from building up. No one wants bugs in the chairs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Wrought-iron Furniture: Wipe this kind of furniture with a wet, clean cloth with some light dishwashing detergent. Hose it down. To maintain the shine, hose down every couple of weeks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Teak Furniture: Use a very soft scrub brush that’s dampened with water and a mild soap. Don’t overly scrub too hard, you don’t want to ruin it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Aluminum Furniture: Like the others, wipe with a wet, clean cloth and soap. To get rid of scuff marks, use a wet, soft cloth to remove them. Do not use scrubs or brushes because that will leave scratches!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your cushions are not as outdoor-proof as they should be, lay them out and hose them down until they’re soaked. This will make it easier to get the stains out. Mix soap and water in a bucket and douse the cushions in the mixture and wait about 20-30 minutes. Spot clean with baking soda and scrub away! The stains should come right out!

 

 

 

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Garden Party Animal: Maximize Your Outdoor Entertaining

Garden Party Animal: Maximize Your Outdoor Entertaining

Warm weather is finally here! Rejoice! We all know what this means…outdoor party time! That means barbecues, pool parties, bonfires, camping, making s’mores, so many fun things to do outside! We’ve helped you plan parties inside so we’re going to do it again so you can have the perfect outdoor entertaining experience!

 

First and foremost, a dining area is the most important part of an outdoor party. For large spaces, a 7-9 piece dining set would be super beneficial. Seat as many people as you can for dining, but the best part is most people will be milling around or prefer to stand up, so you don’t have to worry about seating everyone at once. For small spaces, create smaller seating areas with a 3-piece dining set and utilize bar stools and bar carts wherever possible to create more space for eating and drinking.

Outside of the dining area you’ve created, seating for the rest of your guests is paramount. You can go with classic outdoor seating that may take up more space but is super comfortable or go with a more modern, low-impact seating that’s functional. If you have the space for it, by all means invest in an outdoor sectional or sofa set. This will create a living room vibe outside, where your guests can kick back and relax.

Be sure to leave plenty of room for the grill if you have one, don’t place any furniture near it. No one wants to sit next to a smoky grill no matter how good the food smells!

Don’t forget about the umbrellas! No one thinks about the umbrellas until it’s too late and Uncle Bob is so sunburnt he can’t move :( Umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes so if you’re in a large space, get at least 3; smaller spaces 1-2 will do. If you’ve got a huge space, a gazebo would be the best fit! Gazebos not only keep you cool when the sun is beaming on you but they’re super stylish!

Last but not least, the firepit! Some people think it’s weird to have a fire in the summer but how else are you going to make s’mores???? Place a firepit in the center of your entertaining area and people will gravitate towards it, making it a great conversation area!

 

How the Psychology of Colors Can Improve Your Home

How the Psychology of Colors Can Improve Your Home

Colors are important. We don’t need to tell you that. They affect our mood in different ways and alter how we see things. From the color of the walls to the color of your accent pieces, your artwork, color is important in everything! We’ve got some examples of what colors to use in which rooms and why, featuring Design Seeds!

Blue is the most productive color! Which means this color should go into your office. It’s the color that invokes serenity and productivity and it’s the most used color for offices, conference rooms, and study rooms. It also helps curb your appetite! Blue is often most used in corporate business logos because its constructive and not invasive.

 

Green means tranquility and health. Green is the color of health, nature and money money money money! Use greens in your bedroom to achieve that tranquility you so rightly deserve. Green is also known for helping people heal better when they have a cold or a stomach ache. Green has always been a color that represents fertility and was actually a wedding gown color choice back in the day, like 15th century! Notice that the green M&M is the hottest one….

 

 

Pink is calming, soothing and warm. But also invokes sweetness! Duh. This is a great color for a kid’s bedroom between newborn and 5 years old. For a wall color, this keeps the room bright and calm even in the middle of winter! Pink is also a color that represents love and romance when paired with red and most often used during that one holiday…Pink’s seen as a pretty feminine color so it’s used in a lot brands specific to women like Victoria’s Secret and the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Yellow increases the metabolism, brightens the room and gives you energy! So that means this color is PERFECT for the kitchen! Yellow is such a cheerful color that gives off a sunshine vibe that everyone needs. Do NOT put this in your baby’s room because apparently yellow makes babies cry :/ Don’t overuse yellow! The best ways to bring yellow into the kitchen are potted sunflowers, dishes, curtains and maybe a hint of color in the walls!

Lavender calms the nerves and induces relaxation. It’s why lavender tea is good for chilling you out. A perfect color the living room! It’s a bit unconventional for the living room but why not try it out? Start small with a ru But lavender and hues like it have been known to represent royalty, wealth, success and wisdom. Notice something? These are all attributes people strive to achieve in their life. Color is so powerful it can help you out more than you realize!

Red encourages your appetite! So it is the best fit for a dining room! If you’re too afraid to paint the walls red, get dining chairs in red, add a red centerpiece, a red rug! Red evokes strong emotions, intense passion. Why do you think so many restaurants use red in their logos? From McDonald’s to Applebee’s to KFC, red is a subtle poke to your stomach. We’re hungry right now just looking at it! So limit your red to the kitchen or dining room where appetites can be be satisfied!

 

 

 

 

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Make your home more energy efficient!

Make your home more energy efficient!

Everyone talks about being “energy efficient” and “going green,” but what does that mean for you and your home? It means your home can go from a B- to an A+! Being energy efficient is so important for your health, the environment AND can save you money! We have some tips that can help you be energy efficient in every room :)

The Bedroom

The bedroom is a very important room that contributes a lot to the home. During the warmest months, a lot of people crank up the air conditioner because no one wants to be hot and sweaty when they’re sleeping. This is a monumental waste of energy! Utilize a ceiling fan, they circulate cool air in the summer by pushing the cool air upward ro mix with the warm air. This helps keep you cooler and saves energy. But remember to turn it off when you’ve left the room, a ceiling fan doesn’t cool down a room just people.

The Living Room

One easy but pricey way to save money in the living room is to buy things that are Energy Star certified. These products help reduce energy consumption without reducing the quality. Another thing that seems like common sense but you’d be surprised to know a lot of people are guilty of this: turn off devices that are not in use. Even things in stand-by mode are still using energy, completely shut them off.

To help even further with conserving energy, look into improving your windows and doors. Your windows may have cracks and leaks in them which can cause air to leave the home making your thermostat go up or down fighting to keep the room warm or cool.

The Dining Room/Kitchen

Your kitchen/dining area is the center of the home, so it’s important to help conserve energy here. Use pressure cookers or a microwave instead of the stove, they’ll save energy and shorten cooking time. If you do use the oven, try to cook several items at once and don’t open the door to peek in because that can lower the temperature inside and takes longer to cook. Only run a full dishwasher! Let your dishes air dry! Allow foods to partially cool down before putting them in the fridge because it takes a lot more energy to cool down hot food!

A Guide to Decorating Your Studio Apartment

A Guide to Decorating Your Studio Apartment

You’d think decorating a studio apartment would be easy. Everything in one room = less rooms to think about! But when you have your bedroom, living room and kitchen all in one area, that can be a challenging feat. We can help you with some tried and true tips!

1. Choose a neutral color scheme
One of the most important things in decorating your studio apartment is to make sure you choose the right color scheme to make your space feel more spacious. We like neutral based furniture and walls for this purpose. So choose your pieces in beiges, light browns, light blue, light gray or off-white. Avoid dark or extremely bright colors because they can make the room feel smaller. Focus more on texture and details rather than color. Go for muted prints rather than bold colors.

2. The bed goes where?
Your bed should always be against a wall or adjacent to a wall, never in the center of the room or by a window. Up against a wall, it takes up very little space and doesn’t make your room seem small. You could consider a sleeper sofa so there’s more seating for guests during the day!

3. Light it up
Lighting is extremely crucial with small apartments. Keep your blinds or curtains open as much as possible, even in the winter! Letting the light in helps make the room look bigger! Invest in lamps or even a small chandelier that don’t take up any floor space.

4. Create little “rooms”
A studio apartment combines 3 rooms into one, so why not create the illusion  that there are separate rooms with your furniture? Use small love seats or sofas to create a living room area by setting them perpendicular to each other. Set a small coffee table in the center of your mini room to extend the vibe. Use rugs, end tables or bookcases to further the illusion of a room within a room!

5. Store the clutter
Storage ottomans, book shelves and storage coffee tables will come in handy by helping you remove the clutter from your space. Nothing makes a room look smaller than stuff just lying around. If you don’t have enough closet space, invest in some storage ottomans to stow away what you don’t need.

We've Got You Covered: Fabric Protection

We’ve Got You Covered: Fabric Protection

Your new furniture has just arrived at your home, looking beautiful, fresh and pristine. We’ve got a few ways to help you keep your things as perfect as the day you bought it!

Microfiber is kid and pet friendly, which makes it one of the most popular furniture fabrics!

Artisan leather is one of the most beautiful furniture materials on the market, but that means you have to take extra care of it!

Cotton is easy and simple and looks great with anything. Easy to clean too :)

Linen is a high-class fabric that requires a lot of care!

Protect your fabulous fabrics!

Protect your fabulous fabrics!

 

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Biggest Furniture Shopping Challenges...Solved!

Biggest Furniture Shopping Challenges…Solved!

Breathe easy & save big in the new year

Breathe easy & save big in the new year

A new year, a new way to get yourself financially secure for a brighter future! It’s not always easy getting back on track after the holidays are over but we’ve got a few expert tips to help guide you on your way to a more financially secure 2015!

Keep it in check
Start by sitting down and going through your budget (and for those of you who don’t have a budget, what are you doing? Hurry up and get a budget already!). You need to analyze your spending, what worked and what didn’t in the previous year. Check for areas where you spent more in than your normally did or less than you had planned. Using this information, you can build a better, more accurate budget for the new year.

Set those goals
What are you trying to accomplish in 2015? Does that require money? Probably. So start setting goals to hit every month to reach your long-term goal. Setting up a separate savings account is a great way to measure and keep track of what you’re saving. Make sure you’re transferring money into the account every month so you’re seeing progress and don’t touch it unless absolutely necessary!

Sell the clutter
Don’t hold on to things you don’t need, get rid of what’s clearly garbage and sell the rest! This way you’re decluttering your home and making a little cash on the side. This money can go right into your savings account to be used for what you truly need it for.

Google is your friend
The age of blindly buying things at face value is over. Google everything you want to purchase, especially if it’s over $50. Check and see that you’re getting the very best deals on the things you want. Don’t get dazzled into spending more than you have to!

Cut back on the extras
Do you really need a monthly subscription to Pandora or Spotify? You’ll survive the commercials, the free version will do just fine. If you have a gym membership and aren’t going at least 3 times a week, is it really worth it to keep paying that much a month? Start tallying up your expenses each month and keep track via Mint or another finance app to really see where you’re spending your hard earned cash.

Get ready for it: Home Delivery Checklist

Get ready for it: Home Delivery Checklist

Lazy Sunday: Stay at home with Easy Pass!

Lazy Sunday: Stay at home with Easy Pass!

Online shopping has only gotten easier over the years, but we at VCF strive to top that with one of our favorite web options.

It’s called Easy Pass. You can go online, create an account, add your fave items to your cart, and merge the cart with the nearest store. Then at your own convenience, you can either complete your purchase online from the comfort of your home, or go to the store to buy your pre-selected items!

We know shopping can be a drag, which is why we love Easy Pass so much. It makes it super easy on you to visualize your cart online first and then see it in-stores!

A new way to shop, Easy Pass combines the best of online and in-store shopping into one quick and convenient system.

Stay in your PJs and do all your shopping online without having to maneuver through a showroom. Then whenever you want, go into the store to complete your purchase. Your visit will be even easier with Easy Pass’s “quick express” checkout.

OR start in the store and get hands-on with our entire selection. Then, after you’ve gotten your “sales quote” from an associate, go online to merge your items into your shopping cart. There you can check measurements, choose colors and complete your purchase from the comfort of your home.

Never stress about shopping again!